Peuterspeelzaal (Psz) (Preschool) is an educational day care for children from 2 to 4 years old. It is mostly in the mornings from 8:30 until 12:00 o’clock, but in some places, it is possible to combine 2 x 1/2 days and have a day care from 8:30 until 15:00 o’clock. Children may now start form 2 years of age according to the new law (it was 2,5 years before). You can subscribe your child before they turn 2 as there is often a waiting list.
Gemeente Arnhem subsidises 50 peuterspeelzalen for parents who do not receive child care allowance (because they don’t work, follow a course or integration/language course). The costs for the subsided places are dependent on your families income and may vary. Expat children are encouraged to attend psz’s as a way to learning Dutch to prepare them for school so you may find the subsides favourable.
Important note: You are entitled to a subsidised place only if you are registered (you live) in Arnhem and if you subscribe at one of the subsidised institutions. Click here for a map to find the subsidised psz closest to you,
You can make a trial calculation of the childcare allowance you are entitled to here: https://www.belastingdienst.nl/rekenhulpen/toeslagen/. This site is in Dutch, so if you don’t understand well, you can ask a friend who speaks Dutch to help you, or use online translation options. This way, you will have a better overview of what costs are involved in this type of day-care before you actually enroll your child.
Since January 2017, children are entitled to 12 hours of peuteropvang care (it was 6 hours before).
Whilst we cannot list all the peuterspeelzaals, we can recommend ones that we have had personal experience with. Don’t be scared to contact them for a tour or a gespreek (an appointment). You probably won’t be the first person to speak to them who doesn’t yet have the full command of Dutch, but let’s face it, these people work with toddlers everyday. They know how to communicate!
- Kinder Garden is in Arnhem South and North (Velperweg) and takes elements from different educational approaches.
- Skar has multipulte locations in and around Arnhem. One of which is located in the same building as Arnhem International School.
- Puck & Co. is predominately to the east of Arnhem with many locations to choose from.
- Many kinderdagverblijven (kdv) also offer half day options ie. peuterspeelzaals for ages 2-4 eg. Montassori in Arnhem North.